Welcome to my gallery of quilts.  I live in Brighton, Michigan.  I have been quilting for 40 years, evolving from traditional patterns and hand quilting to more modern/art styles with mostly machine quilting.

I hope you enjoy these!   Comments/questions about purchases and commissions are welcome.  Katie

kthorne@umich.edu

 

This is a large quilt, about 56 X 56.  It hangs on my sewing room wall.  2004

quilt and studio

 

There are more quilts to view, see sidebar for categories.

 

 

 

 

Am I Blue?

“Am I Blue” is a bluesy kind of song from 1929. I learned it from a friend in high school. This piece features some nice blues, plus black and white for contrast. Circular quilting in the center area. 25 X 38″ Detail below.

Crossroads

This piece started with the stripes. A colorful variety. (and I didn’t use all that I had!) I wanted to add black and white for contrast and interest. Here is what happened. Size: 32 X 33″

And here is a detail:

Quarantine Leaves

During this year of the virus, we are all spending more time at home. More art quilts to be envisioned and finished! These shapes are free-cut out of some of my ice-dyed fabric. I like the black and white patterned combo with the dark pink. This is about 21″ X 28″.

Detail:

Jen’s Quilt

This quilt was commissioned by my friend and Art Patron Susan, for her daughter Jen.  Jen lives in California.  Aqua was the basis for the color scheme.  Some of these fabrics are my hand-dyes.  It is sofa-sized, about 60 x 70 inches.  The quilting is a free-style geometric.

Jen's quilt (2)

Detail:

Jen's quilt detail (2)

Declaration Still Life

I started this one around July 4.  I was thinking of how to add a patriotic message to my piece, without it being In Your Face.  Decided on black and white patterns for the background.  I wrote the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence with black ink on a white background, and then cut it up to use in various spots with other black and white patterned fabric.

Declaration Stilllife

A couple of detail shots so you can see the writing better.

Declaration detail corner

Declaration detail side

Red Green

One of my favorite quilt artists, Sue Benner, has recently done a series of art pieces with a 25 square grid.  They are terrific.  I decided to try one myself.  I already had many scraps in both red and green from other quilt projects.  I was reminded that red and green (on white) were very typical color combinations historically in the quilt tradition.  Here’s a modern version!  24 x 24″

Red-Green

Detail:

Red Green signature

Fruit Circles

This piece (43 x 43″) grew out of a demonstration I did for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.  The technique is called free-form cutting.  I’ve done several using this technique, which is fun and liberating.  This photo is a pale version of the real colors, unfortunately.  I’ll try and do better on my photography.  I called it Fruit Circles because of the cherry pattern in the dark red fabric.

 

Fruit Circles 43x43